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The Best Father-Son Movies Ever Made 

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Updated August 10, 2020 2.3k votes 350 voters 25.7k views 50 items

For this list we're ranking the best movies for fathers and sons to watch together, ranked by your votes. The best father-son movies come in many forms. Some father son relationship movies are about struggle while other movies about fathers and son films are comedies. A few of the greatest father and son movies are even a bit on the creepy side.

What films will you find on this best father son movie list? One of the greatest movies about fathers and sons, with one of the most complex relationships, has to be The Godfather. As much as Michael tried to resist taking over the Corleone family business, he finally gives in and lets his father know that he is with him. Field of Dreams is another one of the top father-son relationship movies of all time.

All work and no play made Jack Torrance a dull boy and a bad father in Stanley Kubrick's 1980 film, The Shining. Other good films that appear on this top father son movies list include A Bronx Tale, Big Fish and There Will Be Blood.

Which father-son movie do you think is the best? Take a look at this list and give your favorite film a thumbs up to move it up towards the number one spot.
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The Lion King is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Father-Son Movies Ever Made
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Released: 1994

Directed by: Rob Minkoff, Roger Allers

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Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe, Eric Bana

Released: 2003

Directed by: Andrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich

Finding Nemo is a 2003 American computer-animated comedy-drama adventure film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Written and directed by Andrew Stanton, it ...more

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Robin Williams, Pierce Brosnan, Sally Field

Released: 1993

Directed by: Chris Columbus, Chuck Jones

Mrs. Doubtfire is a 1993 American comedy-drama film directed by Chris Columbus, based on the novel Alias Madame Doubtfire by Anne Fine. A recently divorced actor (Robin Williams) decides to ...more

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Will Smith, Thandie Newton, Jaden Smith

Released: 2006

Directed by: Gabriele Muccino

The Pursuit of Happyness is a 2006 American biographical drama film based on Chris Gardner's nearly one-year struggle with homelessness. Directed by Gabriele Muccino, the film features Will ...more

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Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Kevin Costner

Released: 1989

Directed by: Phil Alden Robinson

Field of Dreams is a 1989 American fantasy-drama film directed by Phil Alden Robinson, who also wrote the screenplay, adapting W. P. Kinsella's novel Shoeless Joe. It stars Kevin Costner, Amy ...more

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Harrison Ford, Sean Connery, River Phoenix

Released: 1989

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

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Adam Sandler, Jon Stewart, Steve Buscemi

Released: 1999

Directed by: Dennis Dugan

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Al Pacino, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall

Released: 1972

Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola

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Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

Released: 1980

Directed by: Irvin Kershner

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A Goofy Movie is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Father-Son Movies Ever Made
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Released: 1995

Directed by: Kevin Lima

A Goofy Movie is a 1995 American animated musical comedy film directed by Kevin Lima The film's plot revolves around the father-son relationship between Goofy and Max as Goofy believes that he's ...more

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Miley Cyrus, Ewan McGregor, Marion Cotillard

Released: 2003

Directed by: Tim Burton

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Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins, Julia Ormond

Released: 1994

Directed by: Edward Zwick

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Jim Caviezel, Elizabeth Mitchell, Dennis Quaid

Released: 2000

Directed by: Gregory Hoblit

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Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Rosie O'Donnell

Released: 1993

Directed by: Nora Ephron

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Roberto Benigni, Horst Buchholz, Richard Sammel

Released: 1997

Directed by: Roberto Benigni

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Catch Me If You Can is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Father-Son Movies Ever Made
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Released: 2002

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

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Tom Hanks, Daniel Craig, Paul Newman

Released: 2002

Directed by: Sam Mendes

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Charlize Theron, Robert Duvall, Viggo Mortensen

Released: 2009

Directed by: John Hillcoat

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Released: 2016

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Released: 1986

Directed by: Alan Metter

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Released: 1955

Directed by: Elia Kazan

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Daddy Day Care is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Father-Son Movies Ever Made
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Released: 2003

Directed by: Steve Carr

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Daniel Day-Lewis, Ciarán Hinds, Paul Dano

Released: 2007

Directed by: Paul Thomas Anderson

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Liam Neeson, Micheál Richardson, Valeria Bilello

Released: 2020

Directed by: James D'Arcy

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